"'Health care is the strongest job area of the economy right now,' says John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an outplacement consulting firm. 'It's a consistent creator of jobs, so there's so much demand for the services,' he says, adding that 31 million more people have access to insurance due to health care reform."
Announced job cuts fell to the lowest level of the year in December as U.S.-based employers reported plans to reduce payrolls by 30,623 during the month. That was down 32 percent from a November total of 45,314. For the year, job cuts were down about 3.0 percent from 2012, according to the latest report on monthly job cuts released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
While retail holiday hiring hit a 12-year high in 2012, shaky consumer confidence and increased efficiencies among retailers may prevent seasonal employment gains from reaching such lofty heights this year, according to an outlook released Monday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.